The weather is finally starting to warm up (sort of), and I’ve already been blinded by my first deathly pale, well-fed belly of the season (sadly, true).
These two indicators, along with the increased unruliness of school-aged children everywhere, all mean one thing: The final movie of the Harry Potter franchise will soon be in theaters!
Oh, and it’s also almost summer.
My bloggy friend, Maura, (from 36X37) recently mentioned her excitement about this upcoming cinematic event. She said, “I want to see it right now this very instant…and yet I don’t want it all to end…The reader’s heart, it wants too much.”
Her words summed up exactly what many Harry followers are currently feeling. (Please note, these are not to be confused with “hairy” followers, though there may be some crossover.) Even though we’re talking movies here, it’s still the reader’s heart that drives these mixed emotions. Though we raced through the pages, we never wanted to reach “The End.”
The Harry Potter movies were able to ease our bookish discontent, and became the substitute for our readerly desires. And, now, there’s only one new movie to go.
Please forgive me while I go weep in my corner.
This is the daily plight of those who are readers — true readers — they are never fully satisfied. A brilliantly-written story that takes us to literary ecstasy and back again makes us happy to be alive and kicking. And reading.
What a fantastic book, we think.
But, then, I wish it wasn’t over.
Sometimes, we can carry on by reading other works by the same author. Or even books that are “In the tradition of–” fill in the famous name (though they rarely measure up). But what to do when we’ve read and re-read these works again and again?
Fortunately, there are always new books coming out. The reader’s heart never stops yearning, always hunting for that sparkling gem which may cause it to beat in strange and wonderful rhythms.
Though loyal, we’re a demanding bunch. So, what exactly does the reader’s heart want? Well, only…
- That a book make us laugh, but not be trying too hard.
- That the line separating sentimental and sappy is never crossed.
- That every word and every sentence proves swoon-worthy.
- That the plot be exciting, or off-the-wall surprising, and still be believable.
- That mega-hyped books will actually deliver.
- That brilliant un-hyped books will find their audience.
- That we discover the story that will change our lives forever.
- That we recommend the story that will change someone else’s life forever.
- That the next book we pick up will be our new favorite.
Yes, I know. It’s a bit much.
But we deserve it.
What does your reader’s heart desire? More Harry Potter? A different ending to a popular book? A story that hasn’t yet been written? Lurkers and regulars, please share. Happy reading!
(And, Happy Mother’s Day to my mama readers!)
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